(AUDIO: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) reading from the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson’s letter to Congress 1:57)
THE WHITE HOUSE – That was House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) reading from the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General (ICIG), Michael Atkinson, Thursday to the committee.
Schiff goes on to say:
(AUDIO: Adam Schiff 2:15-2:50)
Schiff says why Congress is anxious to get details of the complaint:
(AUDIO: Adam Schiff says IG whistleblower complaint is urgent and can’t wait) 5:47-6:01
Schiff’s comments came immediately after the ICIG refused to disclose the contents of the IC’s whistleblower complaint during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
Schiff elaborated on interference:
(AUDIO: Schiff no privilege 6:15-6:50)
And expresses frustration:
(AUDIO: Schiff 6:50-7:27)
Schiff says what congress knows and the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Joseph Maguire’s, responsibility is:
(AUDIO: Schiff 7:40-8:57)
Schiff then asserted that the president is involved in a cover-up:
(AUDIO: Schiff says this appears to involve the president 9:04-9:27)
President Donald Trump tweeted his reaction to reports of an ICIG complaint:
….Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2019
Going forward Schiff elaborated on his options:
And enumerates the stakes:
Doug Christian, The White House